A direct European find and example of a silber-silver grade “Bandenkampfabzeichen” in cast zinc with a vertical banjo-style magnetic pin-back closure and barrel hinge and a flat wire catch. Measuring 49.95mm x 50.06 mm with about half of its original bronze finish lost through age and wear. It weighs exactly 34.5 grams and is in overall in very fine condition and with great detailing. I tried to price the piece very fairly and realize that some dealers are asking a lot more however anytime I've seen them sell in a live auction which is supposed to be the best indicator of fair market value they seem to be going for about $2000 - $2500 plus commission.
I am offering a 7 day inspection period on this as German medals are really somewhat out of my wheelhouse.
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This War badge is unique in the fact that it is the only war badge to be instituted by the SS/Police and not the Wehrmacht and as such, it was introduced by the Reichsführer-SS Heinrich Himmler on 30 January 1944.
The award was intended to recognise those who had taken part in combating the growing Partisan menace which was causing so much disruption in the areas occupied by the German armed forces along with her Allies.
The badge is usually associated predominantly with battles against Soviet Partisans in the Eastern Europe and with Tito and Yugoslavia. But was of course intended for all those who had seen action against Partisans on all the fronts. Although this was an SS and Police award, it was open to all those who had fought against the Partisans and fulfilled the appropriate criteria listed. Thus it was also awarded to members of the Army, Navy, and Luftwaffe personnel as well as to SS and Police units. Authority to bestow the award lay with the High Command of each branch of the Armed Forces and with the local Höhere SS - und Polizei Führer in the case of Waffen-SS or SS and Polizei awards.
The badges design consists of a vertical oval wreath of oak leaves. The lower part of the obverse shows a writhing multi-headed serpent (Hydra), representing the Partisans, or "Bandits" as Hitler insisted they be called. Plunged vertically into the serpents is a broad bladed sword featuring a "Sonnenrad" or mobile Sun-Wheel Swastika on its cross guard. At the base of the wreath is the deaths head emblem of the SS.
The reverse of the badge features a vertical hinged pin and hook fitting soldered to the badge. The vast majority of original examples seen of the Anti-Partisan War Badge are in this semi-hollow backed style. This version exists with both flat and rounded needle backing pins.